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NHS Galleri Trial in Sunderland Can Help Save Lives And Beat Cancer

A special trial with the potential to save lives is being carried out in Sunderland in the hope of beating cancer.

The NHS-Galleri trial could detect 50 types of the disease even prior to symptoms appearing for those aged between 50 and 77.

People in those age brackets are asked to look out for an NHS letter inviting them to the trial in the coming days.

Participants can’t have had a cancer diagnosis or treatment in the last three years, or any “concerning symptoms” at this time.

Volunteers will be asked to give a simple blood sample at a mobile clinic and then return for another at both 12 and 24 months.

Dr Hassan Tahir, primary care lead on the GRAIL project for the Northern Cancer Alliance, said most people were now aware of the benefits of finding cancer earlier when it is easier to treat.

“By taking part in this trial, people in Sunderland will be at the forefront of developing a test that has the potential to save lives from cancer in England and around the world,” he said.

“Registering for the trial is easy – just look out for the letter which will show you how to book an appointment online or over the phone. If you receive a letter do please consider being part of the trial.”

The test has been developed by healthcare firm GRAIL and is open to everyone – people from the South Asian community on Wearside are also encouraged to take part in the initial trial.

The researchers believe the test can assist in identifying early signs of cancers of the head and neck, bowel, lung, pancreas and throat. The process attempts to find fragments of DNA from tumours in a patient’s blood.

In fact, The Northern Cancer Alliance will ensure individuals whose tests show signs of cancer get the required treatment quickly. Following time on Wearside the mobile unit will visit Darlington, Durham, Newcastle, Gateshead and South Shields to get more people involved in the scheme.

The project is looking for 140,000 volunteers across the country.


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